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SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

Santa Fe Summer Cultural Kaleidoscope: Opera, O’Keeffe, Cuisine, Wine and More!

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Program #11298RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

Itinerary for Jul 23 — Jul 28, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, July 23 - Arrive in Santa Fe
Note: Walking within hotel only

Arrive To: Check into hotel anytime after 3:00 PM. Between 4:00 and 5:30 PM, register with our program group leader in a designated area at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PM

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, July 24 - Classes: Santa Fe's History, Art, and the Santa F...
Classes: Santa Fe's History, Art, and the Santa Fe Opera/Lunch at India Palace Restaurant/Exploration of Santa Fe/State Capitol Art Collection/Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/Attend Santa Fe Opera Performance

Note: Walking up to one mile over uneven paved and packed dirt terrain during the course of the day; standing up to one hour in Capitol Building and at O'Keeffe Museum; negotiating a few steps to get on and off bus; walking about 1 block between the bus and the Opera house

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 8:00 AM

Morning: Classes about Santa Fe's history, Georgia O'Keeffe, and the Santa Fe Opera

Lunch: Lunch at India Palace Restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, there will be a guided walking exploration of Santa Fe, "The City Different." Stops include Santa Fe's historic downtown Plaza and other sites as selected by instructional guide.

From 2:45-3:45 PM, visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

From 4:00-5:00 PM, explore the New Mexico State Capitol building and view its wonderful art collection; there are many paintings by famous New Mexico artists.

Bus departs for the hotel at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PM

Evening: Bus departs at 7:15 PM to take you to the Santa Fe Opera for tonight's performance of Verdi's "La Traviata." Honoring the bicentennial of Verdi's birth, the Santa Fe Opera revives on of his most popular operas. Glamour and gaiety are on full display in director-designer Laurent Pelly's vision of the Parisian demimonde, but so is a much darker side. While elegant gowns and jewels create a glittering tableau, the partygoers of "La Traviata" inhabit a cynical world of power relations. Making her Santa Fe Opera debut as Violetta is American soprano Brenda Rae, who has generated excitement in starring roles in Europe. Tenor Michael Fabiano is Alfredo, Violetta's lover.

Bus returns to the hotel LATE.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, July 25 - Wine and Cuisine Class and Wine Tasting/Rancho de...
Wine and Cuisine Class and Wine Tasting/Rancho de Chimayo Lunch/Santuario de Chimayo Visit/Winery Visit/Free Evening

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved and packed dirt terrain over course of the day

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 8:30 AM

Morning: Presentations on the cuisine of New Mexico and the growing wine production industry of the area from 8:30-11:45 AM with breaks. You'll also have a wine tasting during this time.

Lunch: Bus departs at 12:00 PM for lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayo. Lunch will be from 12:45-1:45 PM.

Afternoon: After lunch, visit lovely El Santuario de Chimayo, fondly known as "the Lourdes of Northern New Mexico" because of the 'healing earth' found in one of the rooms near the altar area. You'll also see some of the traditional area weaving shops and other local sites. You'll then go on for a visit to a local winery, returning to Santa Fe at about 5:00 PM..

Upon return to Santa Fe, you can be dropped off in the downtown area (if you wish), as dinner tonight is on your own and a free evening follows. Or, if you'd prefert to go back to the hotel, the bus will take you there at this time.

If you choose to be dropped off downtown, you'll need to arrange for your own transportation back to the hotel by city bus or taxi.

Dinner: Dinner on your own tonight; your group leader can provide suggestions for your dining pleasure both in the downtown area and the area surrounding the hotel.

Evening: Free evening. Your group leader can make some suggestions for evening entertainment, if you wish.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, July 26 - Classes on Traditional and Contemporary Art and t...
Classes on Traditional and Contemporary Art and the Santa Fe Opera/Guided Backstage Visit at Santa Fe Opera/Performance at Santa Fe Opera of Rossini's "La Donna del Lago"

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day over paved terrain with some incline (at SFe Opera). Walking up and down several flights of stairs during afternoon as well. Reduced activity backstage visit with advance notice. Walking from bus into Opera house and back (one block each way over paved terrain)

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 8:00 AM

Morning: Enjoy classes about the contemporary art scene, which retains much of the traditional art familiar to the area but explores many new techniques and ideas, and the Santa Fe Opera season. Classes are from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, with two breaks scheduled during the morning.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel from 12:00-1:00 PM

Afternoon: At 1:30 PM, bus will depart front of hotel for field trip to Santa Fe Opera for a backstage visit set for 2:00 PM. This visit involves some walking uphill and several flights of stairs. If you can't handle the stairs, please let the Road Scholar Santa Fe office know in advance (505-983-0613), and we'll arrange for a modified tour for you. Return to Santa Fe at about 4:00 PM.

There will be some free time after you return to the hotel to rest and get ready for tonight's opera.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PM

Evening: Bus departs at 7:15 PM to take you to the Santa Fe Opera for tonight's performance of Rossin's "La Donna del Lago."

The brooding hills of Scotland have held a special attraction for composers starting with Rossini, whose "La Donna del Lago" was the first opera to be based on a novel by Sir Walter Scott. This dramatic tale remains Scott's best-plotted love story, and Rossini's most romantic opera. The incomparable Joyce DiDonato sings the title role, Elena. Acclaimed at the Paris Opera and La Scala, DiDonato has become today's foremost interpreter of this spectacular role. The cast also features two stellar coloratura tenors, Lawrence Brownlee and Rene Barbera, in the high-flying roles of Uberto and Rodrigo. Daniela Barcellona sings the role of Malcolm. Stephen Lord returns to lead this Santa Fe debut.

Bus returns to the hote LATE.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, July 27 - Morning Class on Southwest History/Visit to Pecos...
Morning Class on Southwest History/Visit to Pecos National Historical Park/Afternoon Class on Contemporary Santa Fe/Program Closing

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day on paved and packed dirt terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 8:00 AM

Morning: Enjoy a class from 8:00 to 9:00 AM on how the arrival of the Spaniards changed the Southwest, then depart at 9:15 AM for a field trip to Pecos National Historical Monument. Depart for return to Santa Fe at 11:30 AM.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel from 12:30 to 1:30 PM

Afternoon: After lunch, there will be a class about contemporary Santa Fe. You'll have some free time from 2:30 to 6:30 to relax or explore more of Santa Fe on your own.

Dinner: Dinner and program closing from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the hotel

Evening: Program closing

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Sunday, July 28 - Breakfast followed by hotel check-out and departu...
Breakfast: From 7:00-8:00 AM, we'll have breakfast at the hotel. You may depart any time after breakfast. Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.

Morning: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Santa Fe
General OverviewMuseums and galleries, e.g., Palace of the Governors Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Art and Culture, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Spanish Colonial Museum, Laboratory of Anthropology, Rancho de los Golondrinas (recreation of a Spanish Colonial village), Gerald Peters Gallery, Nedra Matteucchi (Fenn) Gallery, Alan Houser Sculpture Garden, Houshang's Gallery, Alene Lapides Gallery, Laurel Seth Gallery and many more. Historic buildings and churches include Sena Plaza, El Santuario de Guadalupe, the Oldest House, San Miguel Mission, St. Francis Cathedral, the Chapel of Loretto (with its miraculous staircase!) and Cristo Rey Church. During late June, July and August, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Santa Fe Opera are in full swing and there are many theatre productions and concerts going on in the city year round. The Santa Fe Visitors' Guide provides seasonal listings of events, as does New Mexico Magazine. A link to Santa Fe's calendar of events, web sites and telephone numbers is listed below.
For additional information, visit: www.santafe.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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